The Burnished Part of You

Lately my focus involves helping my clients get down to the burnished, formerly tarnished bits of themselves … and polishing those bits to a gleam.

I’m reminded of the Leonard Cohen song about cracks being how light gets in.

And of the Japanese art of Kintsugi, whereby broken pottery is repaired with veins of gold.

There’s no attempt made to disguise the cracked lines.

Instead the piece is enhanced because it was broken — made more valuable and special with the cracks filled in with precious-metal fortification.




How are you at noticing the cracks inside and out?

Is there a bodily system or a situation that would benefit from letting some light get in?

Or a crack that seems to be an insurmountable break? Something you can’t repair like new — it will always show. Like a scar. A disability. A heartbreak.

Bring some play into the picture with these 4 simple steps:

  1. Get some glitter and colored markers and art paper.
  2. Draw the scar, the organ, or a stick figure representing you with the crack you want to change.
  3. Then create a burnished, embellished version. Let your creativity rise to the surface and bubble over onto the page. Make it as fun, as crazy or as beautiful as you want.
  4. Once you do? Take a deep breath. And smile.

Then watch your molecules shift to include the newly generated energy.

When you let your Inner Wisdom take over you’re going to find tons of new ways to release your Inner Genie …

And fall in love with your life all over again.


  1. Thank you Jeannine Wiest. I need to hear this! Sending love and light. <3

  2. With 27 surgical scars, sometimes I feel like Frankenstein. Gonna do this activity this week to burnish those scars and cracks. Loved this

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